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The U.S. Mint will begin taking orders for the 2017 Proof Coin clad set on March 20. This consists of proof-struck versions of the 10 circulating coin issues done at the San Francisco mint. To order coins from the mint, visit their website at www.usmint.gov, or call toll free at 800-USA-MINT....
DEAR ABBY: I’m a 15-year-old girl, and I’m struggling with abuse. I’m mentally and physically abused by my family constantly, yet they make me out to be the abusive one. I could do amazing on a test, and they yell at me for something that happened on the last one. They’re always pushing me so hard...
Neel Sethi at 'The Jungle Book' film premiere in London, Britain. Rex Features via AP Images
I remember watching the animated Disney classic ‘The Jungle Book’ many times as a child. Last year, when I heard Disney was releasing a live action version of the movie, I was a little worried it would be too different. Remakes are never as strong as the movies they are originally based on. ...
 Hal David receiving a Hollywood Walk of Fame star in 2011 with Steve Tyrell, Eunice, and Paul Williams. Photo by Ron Rosen
Sixty years ago this year, two singers with very different styles recorded two songs that quickly rose up the 1957/1958 pop charts. Country singer Marty Robbins scored a hit with “The Story of My Life,” while crooner Perry Como racked up sales with “Magic Moments.” The songs were linked by what...
President Trump signed another executive order temporarily banning citizens from six predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. This is the Trump administration’s second attempt at this controversial policy, and, while the newest iteration is not as disconcerting as the...
DEAR ABBY: My son “Jake” was born last June. His father was a good friend who I thought I loved and that he loved me. The day I told him I was pregnant, he disappeared. Our baby boy just passed away from SIDS. I’m struggling with Jake’s loss and planning his funeral while taking care of my 5-...
Thursday will begin a local whirlwind of sportsman’s dinners that this writer will be attending. The food is always great and the attendees interesting. Actually, last night was the first event with the Franklin County Tech Fur, Fish and Game Club holding their annual Game Supper. Prepared by the...
Tigers are quite comfortable in water -- unlike your domestic pussycat!
DEAR PET TALK: Why don’t cats like water? — Madden, age 7, Crocker School, Fitchburg ——— DEAR MADDEN: I wish we could ask them! But since we can’t, let’s get inside their brains. Cats evolved in the north African deserts, where it is hot and dry. They probably didn’t come across water very...
Before the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed, many Floridians struggled to survive in a world of barriers, like curbs and stairs impassible to wheelchair users or menus that a blind person couldn’t see. And passage of the law has opened doors for millions of people shut out of activities...
The U.S. Postal Service issued a double-sided booklet of 20 self-adhesive first-class forever stamps on March 7. The 10 different stamps feature poster art done by employees of the Work Projects Administration, a New Deal federal employment program. The poster art reproduced on the stamps will...

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